The Army has awarded CACI a task order worth as much as $443 million to help the service fight threats from commercial technology, such as improvised explosive devices and drones.
The order focuses on prototyping, replicating and exploiting emerging commercial based threats encountered around the world through reverse engineering them, a press release read. The award came from the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (CCDC) Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate.
Peter Scuccess, program executive director at CACI, told C4ISRNET Sept. 10 that these technologies specifically apply to improvised explosive devices and unmanned aerial systems.
Despite the challenges posed by next-generation fighter planes from other nations, inexpensive drones are posing big problems to air superiority.
Scuccess said forward forces can physically examine these devices or an electronic system. Then the Advanced Aggregate Data Extractor or AADE, can pick up the electronic signatures of a device to be analyzed remotely and then provide forces a countermeasure.
Scuccess added that the timeline for developing countermeasures depends on how badly its needed but that the turnaround could be weeks or months.
Moreover, Scuccess said CACI can build mock ups of commercial systems that enemy forces might expect to see in theater as a way to develop countermeasures for them.
“U.S. adversaries continue to endanger our servicemembers by modifying off-the-shelf products. The unique expertise and critical technology CACI provides will assist the Army in defeating these asymmetric threats,” John Mengucci, CACI President and Chief Executive Officer, said.